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Thursday, November 21, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 21, 2013
Countdown: There are 67 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 215 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 348 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 775 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Anonymous sources say an investigation into Attorney General John Swallow by the Lt. Governor's office will recommend criminal charges against him for concealing campaign finance information [Tribune].
  • The House committee investigating Swallow has already burned through half of the budgeted $3 million for the probe, will begin public hearings next month [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • A group of Utahns rally at the Capitol to urge Gov. Herbert to expand Medicaid coverage [Tribune].
  • A push to hike the gasoline tax slows down a bit [Tribune].
  • Lawmakers are frustrated at the slow pace taken by the committee considering a possible relocation of the state prison [KSL].
  • A measure raising Utah's age limit for buying tobacco to 21 sails through a legislative committee [Tribune].
  • Rep. Curt Bramble is working on legislation to reform Utah elections and counter the proposed "Count My Vote" citizen's initiative [Daily Herald].
  • A proposal to expand DNA sampling of suspects is rejected by an interim committee [Tribune].
  • A legislative panel approves a bill to create suicide prevention programs in Utah schools [Tribune].
  • Former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell accepts an appointment to the USTAR board [Standard-Examiner].
  • Democrat Morgan Bowen, who challenged Rep. Rob Bishop in 2008 and 2010, endorses physician Peter Clemens in the 2014 contest against Bishop [Tribune].
  • Utah's Economic Development Task Force says poor air quality should be a pressing issue for the state [Deseret News].
  • UDOT officials say carpool lanes are so popular, about 13% of users are doing so illegally [Tribune].
  • The Jordan School District looks for a way to manage exploding growth after voters reject a proposed $495 million bond [Deseret News].
  • Cottonwood Heights officials decide to contract with a private company for snow removal this winter [Fox 13].
  • Provo names John King from Maryland as their new police chief [Daily Herald].

Today At Utah Policy

Swallow Investigation Has Already Spent Half of $3 Million Budget
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Bryan Schott's Political BS: Utah's Missing 'Zazz'
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Featured Items

Chamber President Honored with Breath of Life Award
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Chaffetz to Investigate Census Bureau
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High Children's Uninsured Rates Continue to Plague Utah, Salt Lake County, and the State's Latino Children
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Medicare's Failure to Track Doctors Wastes Billions on Name-Brand Drugs
Medicare is wasting hundreds of millions of dollars a year by failing to rein in doctors who routinely give patients pricey name-brand drugs when cheaper generic alternatives are available....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: BLM right to hold off on the San Rafeal Swell

Study: Salt Lake airport headed for more congestion, overload

Cannabis oil for Utah kids gets warm Capitol Hill reception

Utah Lawmakers endorse plan to hike smoking age to 21

Bill would let teachers probe kids' suicidal thoughts

Gasoline tax hike loses some steam

Lawmakers balk at expanding DNA sampling of suspects

Homeless advocate: Give to charity, not panhandlers

Sources: Judge may invalidate Swallow's election

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Unless we're careful, antibiotics will turn against us with a vengeance

Editorial: Accounting problems in the military

Bill proposes to legalize burying household trash for Utah's rural areas

Utah Senate confirms veteran Louisiana administrator as human services director

Committee approves bill clarifying school suicide-prevention statutes

Utah Economic Development Task Force urges immediate action on air quality

Utah moms lobby Legislature for access to cannabis oil for child seizure treatment

Jordan School District must find ways to deal with growth without $495M bond

Utah's transgender community remembers those lost, looks ahead to better future

Boost to age limit to buy tobacco gets nod from legislative committee

Hospital association supports Medicaid expansion for low-income Utahns


Provo council initiates anti-discrimination discussion (Daily Herald)

Legislature takes first steps to raise smoking age in Utah (Daily Herald)

Bramble looks to reform Utah's election system (Daily Herald)

Legislators bemoan slow Utah prison relocation progress (Standard-Examiner)

Utah legislators torch Workforce Services after audit (Standard-Examiner)

Utah legislator proposes state defense fund against environmentalists (Standard-Examiner)

Bell tasked with USTAR damage control (Standard-Examiner)

Rep. Gage Froerer predicts cannabis bill will pass (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

61 Percent Of Americans Disapprove Of Obamacare (CBS News)

Obama hits new low with Dems (The Hill)

'Uh oh': O-Care site crashes on Sebelius (The Hill)

Feds consider new gun regs (The Hill)

Rep. Trey Radel pleads guilty to cocaine charge (USA Today)

Congresswoman robbed near Capitol Hill (NBC News)

Obama, Clinton families pay tribute to JFK (Detroit Free Press)

Quinn signs Illinois gay marriage bill (Chicago Tribune)

Senator Rubio peddles muscular middle ground on foreign policy. Will it sell? (Christian Science Monitor)

Four hours to find help: Virginia attack highlights US mental health crisis (NBC News)

Lower health increases could spur job growth, analysts say (USA Today)

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